At the start of October, Bletchley House feasted on cake, sandwiches, and scones, whilst sipping on flutes of champagne to celebrate the 100th birthday of Joyce Sippitt. With birthday’s taking place differently to how we once would have celebrated, the Bletchley team wasted no time in organising a stupendous celebration for Joyce within the home.
Several weeks in advance, the activities team of Bletchley House set to planning the day for Joyce and reached out via social media channels to the local community and beyond, for 100 birthday cards to be sent to Joyce. On the day Joyce received over 290 cards from across the UK, as well as receiving a re-touched black and white photo from Joyce’s younger years as a nurse. 100+ of the birthday cards came from Moorland Primary School, who created beautiful handcrafted creations for Joyce to enjoy. A card was also sent from the wider Gold Care Homes team based at Support Office to wish her a joyous birthday with her Gold Care family.
The Bletchley House team worked together to create a lavish afternoon tea themed celebration for Joyce within the home. Adorned with balloons and decorations, the home placed a homemade birthday cake among an array of flowers and sherry (a favourite of Joyce’s)! Joyce sipped on her sherry as she read cards and enjoyed the celebrations with her fellow residents and the team, who worked incredibly hard to make her birthday as magical as possible.
Joyce’s family member, Heather Sippitt Thomas commented: “We just want to say a big thank you to everyone that sent cards, gifts & flowers to our wonderful Mum/Nan to celebrate her 100th birthday. It was so kind and thoughtful of you all to send your best wishes to celebrate this special occasion. We look forward to reading all the cards & messages. Also a big thank you to all the staff at Bletchley Care Home for organising a party to celebrate our Mums/Nans 100th birthday and making her day extra special, we really appreciate it. Nan had a lovely day & was overwhelmed by all the cards especially the one from the Queen. I think she also enjoyed just the “one” Sherry!”